Pre-Symposium Educational Opportunities

ASSE is conducting some of the most popular and well attended courses prior to the Symposium for maximum learning opportunties:

These seminars are scheduled March 7-10, 2010 at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.

Symposium Sessions

1. Be a Safety Strategist: Leverage Receding Resources for Safety Success

Robert Pater, M.A. - Managing Director, Strategic Safety Associates & MoveSMART - Portland, OR

Many companies kick back reflexively during tight times responding with patterned reactions: cut staff; shear off programs; and retract into first gear while simultaneously increasing the generic safety slogans (“Pay attention”, “Be careful”, “Think before you act”, etc.). The focus of safety converts to high on the pressure, low on the strategy. However, a wise strategist knows that when every resource is precious, the most difficult times are opportunities if you can glean the greatest leverage from all decisions and actions. Join us in this session to learn five strategies on practical and proven methods for getting the most and lasting returns for your safety efforts from the least amount of resources. And, turn efficient interventions into a powerful force for step-change.

2. Aligning Safety with Corporate Social Responsibility

Jeff Camplin, CSP, CPEA - President, Camplin Environmental Services, Inc. - Rosemont, IL

In order to succeed, the corporate world now has to be seen acting responsibly towards the 3 Ps: people, planet and profit. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an inspiring, challenging, and strategically important development that is becoming an increasing priority for companies. Safety and health issues are an essential component of an organization’s social responsibilities and safety and health professionals need to be aware of the opportunities and challenges as the end result is a more valuable safety program that is strategic to organizational goals. In this session, you will learn how to integrate safety and health issues into your organization’s CSR so that you will balance profits with worker safety and increase safety’s contribution to public health, greening/environmental actions and sustainability responsibilities.

3. How Change Management Techniques Can Improve Your Safety Program

Katherine A. Hart, Ed.D., CSP - Founder and Principal, ClearVision Consulting - Alameda, CA

Whether you are updating a safety procedure, implementing a new safety regulation, or overhauling your safety program, the success and sustainability of your efforts depend not only on what you know, but on how well you address the people side of change. In this session, you will learn the 10 most common dynamics people experience when faced with change, and how, by addressing these dynamics, improvements to your safety program can be realized. You will learn through John Kotter’s 8-step change model how to prepare for, plan, and implement your safety change efforts.

4. Demonstrating the Value of Safety During Changing Times

Mark Hansen, P.E., CSP - VP, Environmental & Safety, Range Resources Corporation - Ft. Worth, TX

Our organizations are currently facing many economic challenges and shifting business goals to weather this difficult period. This is an opportunity for safety professionals to step in with well-defined actions that can help ease the burden of our senior leaders and provide meaningful support to our organizations. In this session, you will learn proven strategies that you can employ for your organization that will advance goals and raise awareness of the value of safety. You will take away useful strategies in the areas of: improving operating efficiencies; maintaining and training a well-performing workforce; contractor selection and management; cost avoidance; using metrics to drive reduction and more.

5. There’s a New Administration in Town – Get Ready!

Timothy R. Fisher, CSP, CHMM, ARM, CPEA - Director, Practices and Standards, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) - Des Plaines, IL

A question most frequently asked by SH&E professionals is “What can I expect from the new OSHA and NIOSH administrations?” In this session, Tim Fisher, Director of Practices and Standards at ASSE will give you insight into what changes are likely to take place as the new administration gets established. This will be a practical technical and professional perspective to assist you in advising your senior management on the steps that your organization can take to prepare for a new direction in occupational safety and health oversight. Initiatives being discussed include: Prevention Through Design (PtD), risk assessment, fall protection/arrest, confined spaces, MSDS management, and the use of contractors. Bring all your questions.

6. Diagnosing Your Culture: A Successful Model for Culture Quantification

Donald J. Eckenfelder - CEO, Social Operating Systems - Glens Falls, NY

You can’t work to influence your organization’s culture to adapt to a changing climate unless you can measure that culture as it is today. However, many of us do not have a good diagnostic tool to accomplish a culture evaluation. In this session, you will learn how to quantify and codify your safety culture and the overall culture of your organization and correlate the two. You will take away a scorecard that will provide a sample of what you can develop in your organization to get a better sense of your organization’s culture and how they will respond to change.

7. Make Your Workforce Part of the Solution

Bill Taylor, CSP - Vice President, CTJ Safety Associates, LLC- Durham, NC

In any economy SH&E must be managed with the same effectiveness as production, quality, costs, and other business functions. In this emerging economy, as employers seek recovery from an economic downturn, it becomes even more vital. Employers who have failed to include employees in their worker protection efforts have not seen the success of those who have empowered workers and included them in managing the SH&E system. In this session, you will learn approaches to train and empower employees at every level of the organization to actively participate in the organization’s efforts to assure their health and safety. You will take away a management system checklist to evaluate the effectiveness of your present system and an employee perception survey to determine perceptions of your workforce regarding safety and health management.

8. Handling Organizational Change – Is It All That Bad?

Michael Topf, M.A. - President and CEO, Topf Initiatives - Wayne, PA

Today’s safety professionals, managers, supervisors, and other levels of employees in the workforce are managing multiple priorities. As our organizations react to economic challenges by redefinition of their business goals, downsizing and reorganization, there can be a sense of upheaval that can have a negative impact on productivity and SH&E performance. Join us for this session and learn how these transitions affect the role of the safety professional. You will receive measures to handle change on an organizational level. The presenter will also provide insight on how to assist your organization’s workforce in developing positive attitudes towards change.

9. Leverage SH&E While Achieving Sustainability for Your Organization

Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr., CSP, CIH - President, The Windsor Consulting Group, Inc. - South River, NJ

Many organizations are pursuing a business model that includes initiatives on sustainability and collaboration. They realize that these management concepts are important to their profitability. They also recognize that including safety and health into their organizations collaboration and sustainability efforts is highly advantageous to the organization’s stature in the marketplace by projecting a more conscientious and resourceful image for the organization. Join us for this session to learn how you can examine the infrastructure of your company and develop metrics to measure the sustainability of your safety and health efforts in the marketplace. You will also take away strategy for collaboration with all levels of management in your organization and other available external resources to enhance the importance of your health and safety program.

10. Corporate Social Responsibility and Going Green: An Opportunity for the Safety Professional

William Barbarow, CSP, ALCM - Risk Services & Solutions, FFIC - Irvine, CA

Al Gore’s book “An Inconvenient Truth” awakened us to how our life styles and our business practices are impacting the world. We are now personally and professionally accountable for our actions toward the environment. We are going green in the process of manufacturing, distribution, and disposal of or recycling of products, but green jobs are not necessarily safe jobs. These changes provide opportunities for the safety professional in the areas of health and safety, product safety, and environmental protection. Join in this session to learn what corporate social responsibility is and what practical actions you can take to make it safer.

11. The Safety Professional as an Agent of Change

Jim Spigener - Vice President, BST - Ojai, CA

This is a time of great opportunity for safety to impact the organization’s effectiveness on all levels and be seen as an effective partner, an agent of change and a strategic advisor to the senior leaders of the organization. This session will lay out the role of the safety professional in a much broader context and connect the dots between the present role and the new role as strategic partner and change agent. You are now in an advantageous window to influence your organization and can learn to become that trusted advisor and partner.

12. Developing a Sustainability Roadmap with a Path to Safety

Mark Hansen P.E., CSP - VP, Environmental & Safety, Range Resources Corporation - Ft. Worth, TX

All of our organizations have either implemented a sustainability initiative or are getting close. A program of sustainability efforts is expected if they are to achieve competitive advantage and long-term success. As safety professionals, we have to support this major undertaking of our organizations and align safety as an ally in achieving the sustainability vision. Attend this session to find out how to develop safety strategies that will benefit your organization’s sustainability profile. You will learn to assess current performance of safety as it relates to stakeholder expectations, industry standards and best practices, current programs and initiatives, key sustainability impacts, challenges, risks, and opportunities, management systems and key performance indicators (KPIs).

13. Addition by Subtraction: Managing Safety Successfully with Reduced Resources

Julius E. Rhodes, SPHR - Founder and Principal, mpr group - Chicago, IL

Given today’s economic climate, the ability to get things done efficiently and effectively with and through others is imperative! And, with the scarcity of resources, you may be facing this challenge indefinitely! In this session, you will receive tactical and strategic tips on how to get more accomplished with less. You will take away effective employee engagement techniques; methods for using commitment principles and approaches to maximize your safety efforts when your organization is reducing resources.

14. Become the Sustainability Professional to Take Safety to the Next Level

Hector R. Rodriguez, CIH, CSP - Global Director, SH&E and Sustainability, Biogen Idec - Cambridge, MA

Corporations are increasingly recognizing that strategic decisions must take into account not just its financial goals, but its impact on society and ecosystems and this movement is not going to be temporary. While this responsibility is organization-wide, there are four areas where this accountability tends to be concentrated, Public Relations and Investor Relations, Human Resources, Facilities and SH&E. Supporting this movement, the sustainability professional is on the rise and safety professionals, with recognized skills in compliance, tracking and management as well passion for their work, have the greatest opportunity to ride the coattails of sustainability and make it their own. Join us at this session to learn how to leverage your organization’s passion around sustainability to positively influence the safety and health of your workforce in the most effective way.

15. Countermeasures to Minimize the Impact on SH&E in an Economic Downturn

Michelle Garner-Janna, CPE - Director - Corporate Health & Safety, Cummins, Inc. - Memphis,TN

During an economic downturn, it’s not uncommon for safety to be adversely affected if there is not a strong focus on maintaining its value. If efforts are not made to properly manage safety during these times, it can lead to increased cost and rates of injuries, lost production time, lower employee morale, as well as an associated negative impact on the companies’ reputation. Some of the consequences are reductions in workforce; decreases in work schedules; a freeze in discretionary spending; and lack of skilled employees to perform work. Each of these consequences can have one or more negative associations with safety results. However, each of these consequences can also have specific countermeasures that minimize the impact on safety and in this session, you will learn how to implement these steps.

16. Enhancing SH&E Through Partnerships with Outside Resources

Ronald J. Graves, CSP - AVP, Director of Loss Control, Key Risk Management Services, LLC - Greensboro, NC

During difficult times, survival may depend on our ability to find new and creative ways of assisting our organizations achieve their goals. There are many outside resources that can be tapped to supplement any efforts of an organization. Of particular interest to safety is building and maintaining a positive safety culture. In this session, you will learn how to partner with outside resources that can help with this challenge and almost any SH&E need.